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TECO 2030 Partners with Pherousa Green Shipping for Cutting-Edge Fuel Cells in Zero-Emission Ultramax Bulk Carriers
By Sea And Coast | 14/09/2023
TECO 2030, the pioneering Norwegian cleantech firm, is making significant strides in the realm of sustainable maritime solutions. In a recent development, the company has inked a pivotal green package supply agreement with Pherousa Green Shipping AS (PGS), signaling a transformative shift towards zero-emission shipping. The agreement encompasses the supply of cutting-edge fuel cell technology for a fleet of up to six Ultramax dry bulk carriers, each boasting a substantial deadweight capacity of approximately 63,000 tons.
At the heart of this transformative leap is the integration of 12 megawatts (MW) of TECO 2030's state-of-the-art fuel cells, which will serve as the primary propulsion system on board each of these vessels. The ambitious project is slated to commence production in Narvik, Norway, at the end of 2024, with shipments to the shipyard expected to begin in early 2026 and eventual delivery to the ships by mid-2026.
What sets this initiative apart is the strategic pairing of TECO 2030's fuel cell technology with Pherousa Green Technologies AS' (PGT) ammonia-to-hydrogen cracker. This innovative combination is designed to address the persistent challenges of hydrogen storage and infrastructure in the maritime sector. It paves the way for a profound transformation by facilitating 100% emission-free operations on these vessels, marking a significant milestone in the pursuit of sustainable deep-sea shipping.
The versatility of this setup is noteworthy. By opting for hydrogen fuel cells in tandem with an ammonia cracker, shipowners gain the flexibility to begin with ammonia and seamlessly transition to hydrogen when needed, thus minimizing investment risks. This approach positions ammonia as a practical hydrogen carrier while also enabling its economic utilization as a preferred fuel in shipping, complementing its traditional role in the chemical and fertilizer industry.
Hans Bredrup, Chairman of the Pherousa group, expressed excitement about this partnership, stating, "We are excited to team up with TECO 2030 and incorporate their Fuel Cell solution together with our own Cracking technology, permitting the Pherousa newbuildings to be the first ever fully electric deep-sea vessels on water."